The CCNA certification you know and love is about to receive some important updates. Let’s take a look at the small (but relevant) changes to the 200-301 CCNA exam arriving on August 20, 2024. Read on for an overview of what’s changing in CCNA v1.1, why, key dates and resources to look for, and next steps for CCNA-bound candidates.

Coming soon: Generative AI, Cloud Network Management, and Machine Learning

Yes, you’ve read that right. Beginning August 20, 2024, the 200-301 CCNA exam topics will include Generative AI, Cloud Network Management, and Machine Learning. These topics are obviously important, relevant areas for today’s IT professionals (or anyone aspiring to become a networking professional).

However, it should be noted that these are minimal changes to the overall exam, accounting for only 10 percent of the updated questions. In other words, if you’re studying for your CCNA certification exam today, keep going. You have plenty of time to complete the current exam. These changes will not take place until August 20, 2024.  

Why the update? 

In the ever-changing world of networking and IT infrastructure, professionals must stay ahead of the latest technology trends — especially in the face of technology disruptors like artificial intelligence (AI), cloud network management, and machine learning. As these technologies become integral components of modern networks, the need for proficient IT professionals in these areas grows more pressing than ever.

Cisco has taken proactive steps to ensure that its flagship certification, the CCNA, remains relevant and reflects these industry trends. These additions to the CCNA exam reflect the shifting landscape in which network engineers operate. While these topics comprise only 10 percent of the total exam, they represent a significant step towards aligning the CCNA certification to the demands of modern network environments. 

Why now? 

Amid evolving technology and industry standards, Cisco regularly reviews its certifications to ensure they remain current and relevant to real-world applications.

The updates to the CCNA certification exam are no exception. With the exponential growth of AI, the widespread adoption of cloud-based solutions, and the increasing integration of machine learning algorithms into network management, it is imperative that Cisco Certified professionals are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate these advancements confidently. 

What’s new in CCNA v1.1? 

The CCNA v1.1 exam blueprint introduces minor updates to the existing curriculum, specifically focusing on emerging technologies.  

Below is a summary of the exam topic changes for CCNA that go live on August 20, 2024.

table summary of CCNA v1.1 exam topic changes for CCNA going live on August 20, 2024.    
A comparative summary of the CCNA exam topic changes, which go live on August 20, 2024.

These additions reflect Cisco’s commitment to preparing network professionals for the challenges and opportunities of the digital transformation era. 

Key dates and considerations for CCNA candidates: 

  • CCNA v1.1 Exam Blueprint Availability: Now available
  • CCNA v1.1 Supplemental Tutorials: Now available
  • CCNA v1.1 Exam Registration Begins: August 20, 2024
  • Last Date to Test for CCNA v1.0: August 19, 2024

CCNA 1.0 Resources:
(Valid through August 19, 2024)

CCNA 1.1 Resources:
(CCNA v1.1 will take effect on August 20, 2024)

If you are currently studying for the v1.0 CCNA exam, it’s important to stick to your plan and complete your preparation. However, if you do decide to wait until after August 20, 2024, to take the updated exam, rest assured that Cisco has made available supplemental exam tutorials on Cisco U., to familiarize you with the updated content and ensure you’re well-equipped to succeed.

While the new topics may seem like a lot, they actually represent a small portion of the overall exam. We are here to support you every step of the way.

See all CCNA training available in Cisco U.

Moving forward 

I encourage you to view the addition of Generative AI, Cloud Network Management, and Machine Learning to the CCNA v1.1 certification exam as an opportunity for growth and professional development. Embrace the challenge, leverage the available resources, and embark on your CCNA certification journey with confidence, knowing you’re equipped to thrive in the age of AI. 

As the technological landscape evolves, so must the certifications that validate our expertise. With the introduction of these new topics, CCNA certification will remain at the forefront of industry relevance. By staying in front of these advancements and adapting our skills accordingly, we position ourselves not just as network engineers but as architects of the future of connectivity. 

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What do you think about the changes to the CCNA certification this August? Leave a comment below, and if you’re a CCNA-to-be, don’t forget to include which exam — CCNA v1.o or CCNA v1.1 — you plan to test. Thanks for reading!

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Ryan Rose

Director of Product Management for Skills & Certifications

Cisco Learning & Certifications